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  • Without Saying a Word

  • By: Kasia Wezowski, Patryk Wezowski
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulligan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

One wrong move can undercut your message. Believe it or not, our bodies speak louder than our words. Postures, gestures, and expressions convey reams of information - and often not what you'd expect. A smile, for example, is usually considered welcoming. But crook one corner of your mouth higher, and you project superiority, subconsciously chasing other people away. Without Saying a Word explains how even the subtlest motions have meaning. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • common sense

  • By T. from PA on 10-05-18

Leave the politics out

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Bad Taste in my ears. The political agenda makes the writing void. You can't believe anything here because of the obvious author's political slant.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lane

  • A Case For Willows And Lane, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

"So I thought I might take up paragliding. You know, buy one on eBay and just jump off the cliff one morning." Emily Willows is middle-aged, widowed, wealthy, and bored. When she makes those flippant remarks to her son over coffee one Friday, she has no inkling that within a few hours she will be facing the most terrifying situation of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT'S A DEFINITE YES

  • By Ann on 05-30-18

Its like half a book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Its exactly like only half a book, & in the middle of it, & just ends. Falls Flat. Characters undeveloped. Plot completely shallow. The whole book is about getting away by car from the bad guys. Nothing there at all. Two Heroines, but not enough depth or fun to like the older one. The younger one, Lane, is intriguing, but give me something to love about the mom. I was so excited about the book becoming available by this author, because the D.C. Smith books are so rich, deep, full of character building & likeable characters, & sophisticated quirky humor. It was hard to believe this is the same author--& I really don't believe it is. It has to be a ghost writer. However, I will give the 2nd book a chance to finish the "first half" of a book....

  • Persons of Interest

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 4
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

In the peace and tranquility of the woods at Pinehills on a Saturday afternoon, a mobile phone begins to ring. The phone belongs to DC Smith, and it isn't unusual that the call is from Kings Lake Central police station; what is unusual is the fact that he seems to be the subject of an investigation rather than taking part in one. What can the links be between a prisoner's violent death in another county, the disappearance of two teenagers, and the highest profile case in Kings Lake for many years?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Visit to "DC"'s World

  • By Chalis on 06-27-17

Intelligent--subtle humor--excellent characters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Still a wonderful series and never a disappointment. The humor is smart, and the characterization is wonderful. I hope it goes on forever. Narration is fantastic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lending a Paw

  • Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Cass
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she'd better keep both hands on the wheel, because it's going to be a bumpy ride.... Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can't seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the wait.

  • By Ruth B. on 12-15-17

Mrrr Mrrr Mrrr Misfit

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I like cats--I had 13 once on a country spot. But this book is wackadoodle. All this cat ever says is "Mrrr" -- my cats never Mrrred. And then there is all the grinning. "He grinned. She grinned." All anyone in this book does is grin, except for the last chapter where someone finally did a smile. There was so many unnecessary adjectives and adverbs--it appeared to our book club it was just to make the book longer. Then the author doesn't follow through and seems to forget the original lead-in statements. For example, the detective arriving on the scene is such a #10, and goodie, we are going to have a further encounter with this hunk, and then you don't hear from him until the last chapter, and there is no more spark. It doesn't even say that there is no more spark. It is just dropped. Huh??? Then our heroine has to check, & keep checking on issues, with her mother on the moral compass of a man sitting outside a restaurant using their Wi-Fi. Oh golly, is that morally right? And yet our Heroine lies all the time--I mean ALL the time. Then I have never heard so many made up last and first names in my life that are so far from reality. For example, there is the assistant "Thessie" (as in Thespian) --no parent in their right mind would name a child this unless they had a lisp themselves. Our large book club (who are positive people) gave it a rating for 2.5 to a 5.5 out of ten. I give it a 2, and I'm a very positive person. I did like the date which was fun and humorous, and the narrator was excellent. And it was good and clean. My 97 year old mom will like this.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Heat

  • By: Dick Francis, Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise! Dead Heat refers to the Oven!

  • By J Carter on 01-12-18

Surprise! Dead Heat refers to the Oven!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Love this one. Our hero is a chef with a restaurant (but near a race track-ha!) Love the twist. Love the narration. And again, the Francis men never disappoint with the great clean writing, interesting plots, excellent narrators, and best of all, the skillful great characterization of everyone in the stories. This is no exception. This one has a modern update with terrorism. Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Sport

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 692

When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen from Dick Francis!

  • By Mary A. on 03-18-04

Another excellent Francis book & narration!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Wonderful book and plot. Again, you will never be disappointed with Dick &/or Felix Francis. Love everything about his books. Every book has a great narrator--always. Every story is different. This is a great twist as it encompasses travel, clinical depression, mystery, and as always, great characterization. With Francis, even the bad guys are interesting and usually liked even though they are the bad guy. That takes a lot of skill.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • D-E-D Dead!

  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Alby's partner Harry is gunned down in a Double Bay coffee shop. By lunchtime Alby realizes someone wants him dead - and they want him dead now. All Alby wants is some pasta, a good bottle of wine and to know more about the mysterious Grace Goodluck. But he also has to figure out who shot Harry and who wants him dead. Unfortunately for Alby, the answer lies over the razor wire and past mines protecting a top-secret US military facility deep in the central Australian desert. Now that can really ruin your day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun - but not the anti-American Sentiments

  • By J Carter on 01-11-18

Fun - but not the anti-American Sentiments

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Loved loved loved this book. However, not fond of the negative anti-American snide remarks. However our heroine is an American. So, there you go..... I had to slow down the narration a hair as Aussies talk fast, and you need to slow it down to get all the humor. His other books I've listened to are favorites of mine, but a bit post-war dark. So this was so refreshing as to how funny the author really is. You have to be funny in real life in order to write like this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Defense

  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417

Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star - and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Middling Legal Drama by Famous Prosecutor

  • By Dubi on 10-06-16

Renaming it BAD BLOOD

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

What a 100% disappointment. Hard to enjoy when you don't like your heroine--and there is a reason you will find out at the end. And our heroine hates cops. You know, you hear people write what they know. So, it was just off, and just odd. My grandpappy was a LAPD D.A., and was a LAPD cop before that (along with my dad, son, uncle, nephew, and other close members of our family--and they are/were really good guys.) D.A'.s and cops should be, and most usually are on the same team. This was just a strange book, and you wonder about the author's real views on life and her profession as a prosecutor once upon a time. This was not about justice, but about beating the system. There will not be a sequel to this book, I am sure. If there is, then our society is really sick.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A High-End Finish

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on.Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry's found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she's been hired to restore, the town's attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Diana on 12-19-14

Mean-girls & Jr Hi Mentality

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

I kept waiting tor it to get better. The author had only three verbs used over and over. "Chuckled" was every other sentence with a few "snickered" and a few "grins." That was it. Where was the editor before this went to print? This was a girly novel in totality. However, our girly but very skilled and capable heroine used swear words continually, and was drinking A LOT of wine in almost every scene. Houston, we have a problem. Our heroine is a construction boss, but meets with her workers on Sunday--like they have no family life. ??? It was just odd.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Excellent Victorian Mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

This book is so well done. The author knows this era, and writes with such eloquence. The narration is so well done, and I just hated for this book to end. I wish it was a series, and hope that it will be.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful